Frederick Festival of the Arts

Saturday was beautiful, weather-wise.Good crowds.  Sunday rained all day but the performers all played on!  Here are some pics:

East St. Stage

Saturday, June 2

11:00 Lydia and Emily Martin

"The Martin sisters grew up performing folk music in a family band.  Their repertoire is Old Time Appalachian and Irish music.  Always a favorite for audiences of all ages."

Martin Family Band


12:00 Darla Jean and the Something or Others  

2. Darla Jean and the Something or Others have their roots in the songs of musicians such as the Carter Family, Stanley Brothers, and Hank Williams. They feature fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass and lots of tight harmony. Singing along and dancing are highly encouraged!


1:00 The Merry Landers.  

We are The Merry Landers!  Playing traditional American folk and Irish music. We are kids and their dads from Clarksburg and Damascus, Maryland.  Clara Becker (fiddle), Leah Becker (guitar), Clare Van Hoven (fiddle), Nick Van Hoven (mandolin), Mr. Chuck Becker (bodhran, mandolin), Mr. Steve Van Hoven (guitar/banjo).


2:00 PHD

PHD combines DeLaura Padovan's effervescent calling of family-friendly dances from around the world with the fabulous fiddle and guitar of Steve Hickman and John Devine. The trio has been a happy presence in and around Washington DC for 25 years creating joyous gatherings at festivals, schools and barn dances throughout the area. Smile and sing along with their hilarious repertoire of favorite songs!


3:00  The Gravy Soppers     

The Main Line Gravy Soppers band combines fiddle, banjo, and guitar players from two Frederick County families. This high-energy band gets those toes tapping with their fast and fun renditions of traditional tunes of the Appalachian Mountains.

 4:00  "Banjo Man Frank Cassel"

Frank Cassel has been a performing musician, songwriter, and teacher in the Washington, DC area for many years.  He plays guitar, flute and 5-string banjo professionally, specializing in folk, bluegrass and original music. He is well known in the Washington, DC area as an entertaining and engaging performer. Recently, his banjo music can be heard in the movie,'Barnstorming', on PBS stations nationally. He received an Individual Artist Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Commission to complete his new CD of original songs for general audiences.


East St. Stage

Sunday, June 3

Host: Eric Avey – (

11am Copper Canyon  

Copper Canyon Bluegrass is a collection of musicians that have an amazing connection to each other and their musical likes and desires.  This is immediately apparent when you see them perform as one single unit producing some of best covers of the best Bluegrass Music has to offer.  They perform songs from Traditional Bluegrass through the latest Newgrass as well as covers of artists like Marshall Tucker, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and many others.

Great vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and innovative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes or listening intently to the lyrics.  Copper Canyon covers the best songs that no other band plays.  They pride themselves in the research they do to find Great Songs that other bands aren't aware of.



  12pm Mountain Ride

In just three years, Mountain Ride evolved from playing traditional bluegrass, to writing, recording, and performing their own original music. Eric Avey (guitar) and Kate Avey (bass) started Mountain Ride as a side project to cure their bluegrass bug. Once Scott Matlock (violin) and Corey Woodcock (banjo) joined the ranks, things started to sync up. When Chance Hurley (mandolin) jumped on board, there was no denying that they had something special. So now, celebrating the release of their third album One Place To Go (October 27, 2017), Mountain Ride is original Pennsylvania bluegrass.


1pm Tumble Weeds  

"The Tumbleweeds band, playing together since 2006, gets its name from the classic 1934 song, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." They play one hundred years of acoustic classics: bluegrass, cowboy, oldtime, and ragtime.  Tell your toes to get ready to tap as the Ensemble of Americana serves up a heapin' portion of the vintage music that made this country great!"


  2pm The Crop Dusters

The Crop Dusters feature some of the top bluegrass musicians in the Washington, DC area: Jason Hannan and Howard Parker of Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night, Patuxent Records recording artist Rob Benzing, Ron Webb, formerly of Circa Blue, and Matthew Geiger of The Hazards.

The band was formed as a joint venture by Jason and Howard, who wanted to get back to their bluegrass roots, and Rob Benzing, one of the DMV’s most prominent young banjo players. Ron Webb and Matthew Geiger round out the band’s dynamic sound.

The Crop Dusters feature a rare combination of high and tight trio harmonies and some of the best instrumental work around. The band plays both high energy covers of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as originals written by the band’s members.


  3pm Plate Scrapers

In their relatively short time as a band, The Plate Scrapers have gained a reputation from their live performances as solid musicians who are sure to have you singing along right before they break it down with some serious picking. Through their charisma on stage, it’s obvious that these guys genuinely love what they do. That charisma does not disappear as soon as the mics are unplugged however; The Plate Scrapers are immensely appreciative of their fans, and show it by often leading them in all out bluegrass jams complete with beer drinking, picking, and grinning. The Plate Scrapers are becoming a more familiar name every day. They have taken multiple tours building their fan base throughout the entire east coast and have supported well known international acts such as Larry Keel, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Keller Williams, Cabinet, and more. In February of 2015, they proudly released their debut studio album, “Contact," which has since been featured on nationwide radio programs such as WDVX (Knoxville, TN) and WAMU (Washington, DC) and regional magazine, Appalachian Jamwich.

4pm Morning Sky   

Morning Sky is a bluegrass/country band based out of Carroll County, Maryland. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Dempsey Price, is joined by his wife, Rebecca on mandolin and vocals, along with Bill Cosden on bass and banjo. We play a range of music genres, specializing in bluegrass inspired harmonies with a strong influence from the music of Chris Stapleton and The Steeldrivers, old country love songs, folk, and a few good old 70s and 80s tunes.


Ampitheatre Stage

Saturday, June 2

Host: Todd Walker (todd

  11:00-12Noon             Lark Rize                   

The music of Lark Rize reflects a blend of musical and life influences and world views that weaves a rich tapestry in the folk/Americana genre.


12:15-1:15                   Jason & Michelle          

Energetic, original, hardcore Country & Americana music written and sung from the heart. Featuring the warm, soulful vocals of Michelle Hannan.


  1:30-2:30                 Todd C. Walker      

Put Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor & Paul Simon into a blender and you'll get the smooth sounds of local music and television personality Todd C Walker.


2:45-3:45   Willie Barry & The Chaperones       

23-year old Willie Barry and his slightly older chaperone sidekicks perform infectious 'rock-a-billy.'



  4:00-4:45                     Stephen Darnell

Incredibly talented, classically-trained musician Stephen Darnell weaves meditative music with his large collection of native American flutes, Australian didgeridoo and steel hand drum.


5:00-6:00 - Juliet Lloyd                 

The Boston Globe says piano-playing vocalist Juliet Lloyd is on the 'cusp of stardom.' She can “move you from uncontrollable dancing to the brink of tears within a moment.”


Ampitheater Stage

Sunday, June 3

  11 am - 12pm           Dr. Dave Koronet

Dr. Dave Koronet is a singer-songwriter who plays an eclectic acoustic mix of original songs and covers, some rather obscure and some familiar, all served up with a dollop of humor. Dave is a seasoned performer whose appearances span from Maryland to New York. He has been featured at Brewers Alley in Frederick and has performed at Great Sage in Clarksburg. A resident of Mount Airy for over 20 years, Dave is originally from New Jersey, and says he is only one of a couple of chiropractors who have played the legendary CBGB in New York.

  12 pm - 1 pm   Casey Cleveland 

Casey Cleveland is a singer-songwriter who is equally at home with a guitar in hand or sitting behind a drum kit.  As a child he developed a deep love for music and was strongly influenced by The Beatles, POCO, CSNY and The Band Petty, and even a little AC/ DC. His drumming has influenced his approach to songwriting, creating music that is rhythmic and percussive by nature.

  1 pm - 2 pm Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor acoustic duo has appeared at a variety of venues throughout the tri-state area for over fourteen years and was twice named as the GigMasters Rising Star Award Winner for Top Variety Duo.  Past accomplishments include placement as a finalist and semi-finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington. Musical style influences include rock, country, folk, blues and more, which is reflected in the songs from their two CD releases, “Drifting Under” and “Safe Harbor II”.  The duo combine great vocal harmonies backed with solid rhythms and melodic leads to create a full sound.  Their song selection spans multiple decades and genres and includes many familiar favorites as well as their original songs. Their eclectic mix is sure to please a wide variety of musical tastes.

2 pm - 3 pm   Empty Ecstasy 

Empty Ecstasy is husband and wife duo Mike and Shawna Taylor who blend sweet harmonies and smooth guitar work as they share acoustic classics from the 70's to now that are sure to please. They have been featured at several acoustic listening rooms and Mike is one of the open mic host at the Music Cafe in Damascus, MD.


  3 pm - 4 pm   Michelle Swan

Introduced to the guitar at age nine by her father, himself a former singer/songwriter, Michelle Swan has pursued a musical path ever 

since. After studying classical musical and clarinet performance at Towson State University, Michelle entered the Baltimore-Washington music scene in 1990, performing at local open-mics and coffeehouses. Self-reflective and acutely observant, Michelle deftly weaves lyric and note together to create intensely personal songs that tell of sentiments and circumstances nonetheless familiar to everyone.